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Old 09-01-2015, 08:12 AM   #1
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Building laundry room in garage


I had an idea.

House hunting with my daughter, here in Fla, many houses have laundry areas in garages which would be too hot.

In a 2 car garage why not build a small laundry room in garage and run AC to it? Yes it'd reduce the garage to a one car garage but that's ok.

I dont think it'd cost much.

Is this feasible?
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"I dont think it'd cost much." What are you basing this opinion on? And, what's too much?
Is the waste line close to the garage?
Where are the water lines?
Where are the main duct lines?
If everything you need is close buy, it will cost less then if is not. Depending on how much of this is DIY, you can keep costs as low as possible.
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Is this feasible?
Yes most anything is possible, next question.
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Ron, I just figured the walls wouldn't have to be as thick as interior walls so lumber would be cheaper. No we couldn't DIY this.

The plumbing setup for laundrys is usually in the garage. I thought she could just have the existing area enclosed. No plumbing needed. Just 3 walls, a door, and an AC vent dropped thru the ceiling, plus a light.
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Ron, I just figured the walls wouldn't have to be as thick as interior walls so lumber would be cheaper. No we couldn't DIY this.

The plumbing setup for laundrys is usually in the garage. I thought she could just have the existing area enclosed. No plumbing needed. Just 3 walls, a door, and an AC vent dropped thru the ceiling, plus a light.
If the laundry setup is already there, that's a large amount of work not needed. Smaller sized wood is insignificant in the cost of the job. Framing, A/C and electric will be the brunt of the costs.
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Ron, I just figured the walls wouldn't have to be as thick as interior walls so lumber would be cheaper. No we couldn't DIY this.

The plumbing setup for laundrys is usually in the garage. I thought she could just have the existing area enclosed. No plumbing needed. Just 3 walls, a door, and an AC vent dropped thru the ceiling, plus a light.
Just two walls if you can use one side of the garage wall. I did that back in the 80's. I went all the way across the end of a 2 car garage. And put in a divider wall so we had a pantry area on one half of the room and washer/dryer/ upright freezer on the other half. I used a pair of bifold doors.

No plumbing but just a little bit of electrical to get lights in each room and power for the freezer.

2x4's and drywall...and door trim.

Something like this general example. Laundry on left, pantry on the right.
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Mike, that was a great idea. Did you insulate those walls?

One time I asked my AC guy what it would cost to drop a 2nd AC vent in my bedroom, which seems warm, and he said $100., I figured it would be the same for the laundry area.
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Mike, that was a great idea. Did you insulate those walls?

One time I asked my AC guy what it would cost to drop a 2nd AC vent in my bedroom, which seems warm, and he said $100., I figured it would be the same for the laundry area.
No because we had closed in the garage and had a large AC w/heat strip in the wall. The ceiling was insulated as well as the front where the overhead doors used to be. Most of the time, the bifold doors stayed open. My ex-wife was doing Tole painting so the "pantry" was actually her supply store room.

To finish the story, we had the concrete slab raised (poured new concrete) up to the grade of the house slab, and I built a three car detached garage in the back yard. The room was about 22 x 20 once everything was finished.

There have been times when I wished I still had the house, minus the baggage!
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And put in a divider wall so we had a pantry area on one half of the room and washer/dryer/ upright freezer on the other half. I used a pair of bifold doors.
The garage can't have bi-fold doors separating it from a laundry room. The door needs to be a fire door. The only time you can put in other doors is if the garage is turned into something else and the garage doors are removed.
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The garage can't have bi-fold doors separating it from a laundry room. The door needs to be a fire door. The only time you can put in other doors is if the garage is turned into something else and the garage doors are removed.
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That was the case for me. The original garage doors were replaced with windows and framing. The reno was in 1983 and the house is still standing.

I drove by it a few months ago.
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That was the case for me. The original garage doors were replaced with windows and framing. The reno was in 1983 and the house is still standing.

I drove by it a few months ago.
I'm confused by the post. What point does it address?
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I'm confused by the post. What point does it address?
I was answering yours, Ron. I am not sure what the OP has in mind. We made an office/gameroom out of our garage.
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How far would your daughter have to travel with the laundry.?
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She wants a 1,600-1,800 sf house.
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I have to go up and down steps, I'm thinking about putting in an electric laundry chute. I think the correct term is dumbwaiter....This is why I asked.?
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